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John Purcell
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The Girl on the Page

John Purcell


Harper Collins

Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- With a title that playfully pokes fun at the 'bandwagonism' that follows a blockbuster book, the setting here is the publishing world. Well-drawn characters and dialogue that rings true (with some savagely comic snipes) circle around insights on both the business and vocation of publishing. The tensions between 'literary types' and 'sales types' sees the story move at a page-turning pace around themes of artistic integrity and the intense sadness of failed families. Craig Kirchner


Two women, two great betrayals, one path to redemption.

A punchy, powerful and page-turning novel about the redemptive power of great literature, from industry insider John Purcell.

Amy Winston is a hard-drinking, bed-hopping, hot-shot young book editor on a downward spiral. Having made her name and fortune by turning an average thriller writer into a Lee Child, Amy is given the unenviable task of steering literary great Helen Owen back to publication.

When Amy knocks on the door of their beautiful townhouse in north west London, Helen and her husband, novelist Malcolm Taylor, are conducting a silent war of attrition. The townhouse was paid for with the enormous seven figure advance Helen was given for the novel she wrote to end fifty years of making ends meet on critical acclaim alone. The novel Malcolm thinks unworthy of her. The novel Helen has yet to deliver. The novel Amy has come to collect.

Amy has never faced a challenge like this one. Helen and Malcolm are brilliant, complicated writers who unsettle Amy into asking questions of herself - questions about what she values, her principles, whether she has integrity, whether she is authentic. Before she knows it, answering these questions becomes a matter of life or death.

This ferocious, fast-paced novel cuts to the core of what it means to balance ambition and integrity, and the redemptive power of great literature.

"In The Girl on the Page, John Purcell triumphs with a scalpel in one hand and his heart in the other. It's a gripping, dark comedy of a novel which eviscerates the cynicism of contemporary publishing, while uttering a cri du coeur for what is happening to writers and readers this century. Through this dark comedy - I squealed with laughter, page after page - flash questions about cultural life that Purcell asks, but leaves us to ponder." - Blanche d'Alpuget

"A juicy page-turner that takes a scalpel to the literary world, written with deep insider intel and a gleeful sense of mischief, The Girl on the Page is a wickedly clever, razor-sharp satire of lust, betrayal and ambition." - Caroline Baum

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By:   John Purcell
Imprint:   Harper Collins
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   490g
ISBN:   9781460756973
ISBN 10:   1460756975
Publication Date:   September 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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